Pillsbury River Riders

The Pillsbury River Riders conducted trash and pet debris cleanups, learned about water quality and visited historical and cultural sites.

Overview

Pillsbury River Riders on the Stone Arch Bridge.

Getting ready for a group ride.

River riders posing with their artwork.

Project Details

City: Minneapolis

Type: Mini Grant

Status: Completed

MWMO Funding: $2,000

Partners: Pillsbury School, Minneapolis Public Schools, River Riders

Staff Contact:
Tammy Schmitz
Stewardship and Community Outreach Specialist
612-746-4988
Email Tammy Schmitz
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Pillsbury School fourth-graders created a bike-centered service learning team, the River Riders (aka Pedal Power). Students from this Northeast Minneapolis school conducted several trash and pet debris cleanups. They also collected water samples and practiced other basic water research, and visited historical and cultural sites along the Mississippi River.

River Riders created posters to share what they learned with other students, and had conversations with their families about their observations. Their advocacy project, “Re-think Your Drink,” helped to create more awareness within their group, as well as among the families of students involved.